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HSU researchers also will demonstrate technology developed in collaboration with several of their ORCATECH partners, including a bed equipped with weight sensors that tracks sleep patterns as part of an Elite Care exhibit; sensors used to track movement in homes, developed with HomeFree Inc.; and adaptive computer games that monitor cognitive performance and potentially improves seniors' cognitive skills, as part of a Spry Learning Co. Inc. exhibit.

"We have explored several approaches to cognitive monitoring that take advantage of our ability to collect frequent data in a natural environment, ranging from walking speed to analyzing routine computer interactions," says Holly Jimison, associate professor of medical informatics and clinical epidemiology, OHSU School of Medicine. These approaches have shown promising results for the early detection of dementia. Technologies originally tested in the Point of Care Laboratory are now being installed in a "living laboratory network" of homes in residential retirement communities and individual homes in Oregon.

This deployment in the field is an essential component of the ORCATECH vision. "We want people to be as independent as possible, as long as possible," said ORCATECH's director, Jeffrey Kaye, M.D., OHSU professor of neurology and biomedical engineering, director of OHSU's Layton Aging and Alzheimer's Disease Center. "It is very important that the future technology is based on sound principles and solid clinical evidence obtained in longitudinal studies."

By bringing together caregivers, researchers and manufacturers, as well as seniors themselves who will participate in the system design, ORCATECH investigators hope to develop solutions that truly meet the goal of "aging in place."


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Contact: Jonathan Modie
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503-494-8231
Oregon Health & Science University
13-Dec-2005


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